Monday, August 4, 2014

THB : Cocoa-Dusted Cherry Granola Cake

Time for our bake #39 at The Home Bakers (THB).  Cocoa-Dusted Cherry Granola Cake, selected by the lovely Jasline of Foodie Baker. 

This cake is baked in an 9x13-inch baking pan, or as the author suggests, may be baked in muffin pans for individual morning or breakfast treats. I made half a recipe and yield 6 standard sized muffins.

Crumbled muesli.

Recipe calls for granola but I have used some crumbled muesli instead. I have made some muesli bars a week before, recipe from another source, and as you can see above, they did not make it to the bar stage, but are rather crumbly, though, no fault of the recipe at all. It was me, I reduced the sugar and did not think to add on extra honey to bind them together. Oh well, next time, I know what to do! Waste not, I ate them with some homemade yughurt, and some goes into the muffins above. Seriously, even though, there is a difference between granola and muesli, but to me, they are really very similar in taste. Give me a plate of crumbled muesli like the one above, and I would not know whether these are called muesli or granola!

These are really easy to make. Instead of dried cherries, I have used dried cranberries, adding it only a small amount, as the muesli already contained some dried cranberries and raisins. The recipe uses equal amount of all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour. For the cocoa streusel topping, I have omitted the nuts, and use just the combination of cocoa powder, brown sugar and ground cinnamon. 

The muffins bakes up really nice. And is really good, I really like eating these muffins. The texture is moist, with soft texture, and is very yummy with the muesli ; full of seeds, nuts, oats and dried fruits. And they keep really well, in an airtight container, at room temperature. I enjoyed one muffin for breakfast each day, and on the third day, when I had the last muffin,  I was disappointed that there are none left. Well, I could always make this again. Healthy and delicious muffins.

For the full recipe and instructions, please visit the host of this bake, Jasline from Foodie Baker. To view other members' bake, please visit The Home Bakers (THB).

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We are a group of home bakers who are currently baking from "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas. This is our bake no. 39 and we have 21 recipes more to go. If you are interested to be a member and join in our bakes, you may drop me an email at


  1. Joyce, next time make the full recipe hee..hee...

  2. muffin size sounds good.... i love all these THB bakes... always keep them for church bakes :D

  3. it looks absolutely the soft fluffy texture of these muffins...

  4. I prefer muffin size the moist & soft texture!

  5. They sure look delicious and I love the portion control size :)

  6. Yummy , got to be healthy , they have Bran , love the size ;-D

  7. Omg, wish i could make these beauties as much as prefect like u.

  8. Hi Joyce,

    Seeing your delicious cocoa cherry granola cake has reminded me that I have missing too many THB posts... I'm so sorry! I have noticed that the last THB bake, only two of us baked the angel cake. Boey la gu??? (Hokkien)... ha ha ha